BOYS: The Cavaliers opened their season at the Corunna Earlybird Invitational on Tuesday, finishing seventh out of seven teams in the extralarge school division. Saginaw Heritage was first with 18, Davison second with 62 and Bloomfield Hills third with 83. Flushing was fourth with 96, Swartz Creek fifth with 145, Lapeer sixth with 165 and Carman-Ainsworth had 180.
Joe Chinkeefatt was the highest runner for Carman-Ainsworth, finishing 24th in 18:43.8. Dalero McNeal was 67th in 21:47.16, Andre Williams 70th in 21:54.17, Colin Smith 71st in 21:56.11, Keegan Maguffee was 74th in 22:31.54 and Juan Cunningham was 89th in 23:40.39.
GIRLS: The Lady Cavs were seventh out of seven teams with 211. Flushing was first with 34, Saginaw Heritage second with 49 and Bloomfield Hills third with 70. Swartz Creek was fourth with 105, Davison fifth with 106 and Lapeer sixth with 151.
Mikaiah Holbrook was 57th in 25:57.24 as the top finisher for Carman-Ainsworth. Rayven Brantley was 59th in 26:04.69, Mikayla Hobrook was 61st in 26:06.69 and Priscilla Brandford-Walker was 65th in 26:23.77. Niajah Hood was 90th in 31:38.72, Ayanna Massey was 91st in 32:02.41 and Rachel Williams was 98th in 35:41.5.
The Cavaliers will run in the Genesee Invite on September 9. – K.R.
The Cavaliers traveled to Lapeer Country Club on Tuesday to face off with Lapeer, Davison and Flint Powers Catholic in a 9-hole Saginaw Valley League cluster match. Carman- Ainsworth finished fourth with a 290. Lapeer secured first with a 177, Flint Powers was second with a 190 and Davison took third with a 197.
Payton Dixon led the Cavaliers with a 67. Jamie Arnold followed with a 71, Kennedy Martin carded a 72 and Michaela Hitchcock and Alana Milow each carded 80s.
“The conditions were difficult with a persistent sprinkle for most of the round, said Carman-Ainsworth coach Matt Young. “The girls all improved from the first match despite the rain. I am again proud of their effort and pleased with their progress.”
Last Wednesday, the Cavaliers competed in their first match of the season at the Pre-Valley tournament held at the Fortress in Frankenmuth. Carman- Ainsworth finished in last place with a team total of 619. Midland Dow took first place with a 331, Lapeer second with a 369 and Flint Powers Catholic third with a 375.
Dixon led the way for the Cavaliers, shooting a 136. Arnold followed with a 161, Malaysha Cooper carded a 162, and Kennedy Mitchell and Hitchcock both shot a pair of 164s.
“The girls played well considering this was all of their first matches at the varsity level, and was on a difficult course,” said Young. “I am proud of how they handled themselves and this will be a good stepping stone for improvement moving forward. Each of them had a lot of great shots, we just need to work on our consistency.”
Carman-Ainsworth will be back on the course next Thursday, where it will compete in the first Saginaw Valley League meet of the season, held at Mt. Pleasant. – A.V.